GOAL 1. Students should understand the sociological perspective and the foundational concepts/elements of sociology.
- Learning Outcome 1-A: Students will describe the sociological perspective and other concepts such as social structure, stratifications, and social change; and how they apply to social reality.
- Learning Outcome 1-B: Students will compare/contrast sociology with other social sciences.
- Learning Outcome 1-C: Students will describe key sociological theories.
- Learning Outcome 1-D: Students will describe key sociological methods.
GOAL 2. Students should understand and apply sociological theories.
- Learning Outcome 2-A: Students will move beyond folk explanations of social phenomena and identify and differentiate theoretical orientations in sociology.
- Learning Outcome 2-B: Students will critically evaluate theoretical orientations
- Learning Outcome 2-C: Students will systematically apply sociological theories and concepts to at least one area of social life.
- Learning Outcome 2-D: Students will effectively use sociological theories and evidence to suggest solutions to social problems.
GOAL 3. Students should understand, evaluate, and use a variety of methods in sociology.
- Learning Outcome 3-A: Students will identify major methodological approaches and their logics.
- Learning Outcome 3-B: Students will critically evaluate and interpret empirical research.
- Learning Outcome 3-C: Students will recognize ethical issues in research.
- Learning Outcome 3-D: Students will design and implement a research study and articulate rationales for choices made.
GOAL 4. Students should understand, analyze, and evaluate social scientific data.
- Learning Outcome 4-A: Students will identify the assumptions and limitations of research findings.
- Learning Outcome 4-B: Students will be able to critically assess the empirical sociological research of others.
- Learning Outcome 4-C: Students will apply disciplinary standards for data analysis, both quantitative and qualitative.
- Learning Outcome 4-D: Students will analyze data using the most appropriate procedures to answer a research question.
GOAL 5. Students should use sociological knowledge to inform policy debates and public understandings of social issues.
- Learning Outcome 5-A: Students will express sociological ideas in a clear and coherent manner in both written and oral communication.
- Learning Outcome 5-B: Students will demonstrate informational, technological, and quantitive and qualitative data literacies.
- Learning Outcome 5-C: Students will apply a sociological framework to applied settings, the communities in which they live and work, and the broader society.
Amended and Approved by faculty on September 11, 2019